Gail Bell


Gail Bell
Gail Bell has worked as a pharmacist, educator and writer. Her books include The Poison Principle and Shot: A Personal Response to Guns and Trauma.



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Illustration by Jeffrey Fisher.

Golden eye

Society

One year, in the middle of December, I received an unexpected Christmas card. Inside, the message read: “Felix and I are both marvellously well. All his former medical issues are now settled with diet and Alexander Technique. Felix felt you …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Croakers

Society

When Michael Jackson’s heart stopped beating on 25 June, he was lean, only 50 years old, and sufficiently fit to lay down enough of his trademark stage moves to refute rumours about advanced physical deterioration. Even before the first ambiguous cause-of-death …

Endnotes

Society

I went to a funeral in early December. In the tropical heat, mourners stood waiting in the shade of the portico, some staring down at the photograph on the single sheet of paper that carried the bare facts of Eddie's life and death, others fanning themselves …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Macbeth on Monday

Culture

For nearly 15 years, on the Monday nights I'm in town I've driven to a house at a nearby beach where a group of people (all women, although we've had men in the past) meet to read Shakespeare. At least five times in the cycle of tragedies we've tackled …

Running dogs

Society

The legal trade behind the manufacture of methamphetamines

‘Selling Sickness’ by Ray Moynihan & Alan Cassels

arts

Ray Moynihan has been pursuing the pharmaceutical giants for more than a decade, first with his TV series and book Too Much Medicine? and now – in collaboration with Canadian researcher Alan Cassels – in a new assault that might just draw blood. In …

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